Coal shipments fuel heated Oakland debate

Bay City News

A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks of exporting coal through a new shipping center under construction at the old Oakland Army Base in West Oakland. . . Opponents argued that the local community would be impacted by dust from transporting coal by rail. . . Environmental concerns were raised by several organizations, including Earthjustice, the Sierra Club, San Francisco Baykeeper, Communities for a Better Environment and the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project.